Photo/IllutrationFrom left, curling bronze medalists Yurika Yoshida, Satsuki Fujisawa, Mari Motohashi, Yumi Suzuki and Chinami Yoshida in Kitami, Hokkaido, on March 21 (Nobuhiro Shirai)

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KITAMI, Hokkaido--Crowds lined the streets here for a parade held March 21 to celebrate hometown heroes Loco Solare Kitami, the first Japanese women’s curling team to win an Olympic medal.

Fans along the 600-meter course cheered and shouted out words of appreciation to the five team members who thrilled the nation with their bronze-medal performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

One banner read, “Congratulations on the bronze medal.”

The team members, captain Mari Motohashi, skipper Satsuki Fujisawa, Yumi Suzuki, Yurika Yoshida and Chinami Yoshida, climbed aboard a float after their names were called out.

They smiled and waved at the crowds as the slow-moving float completed the 40-minute drive.